Antonio Conte: Tottenham boss admits lingering Harry Kane uncertainty on his mind amid transfer probe

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, August 2022

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has admitted that he “cannot answer” questions about the future of Harry Kane with any great detail.

The Spurs talisman caught the eye once again on Sunday when his brace secured a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest. The goals followed his 185th Tottenham strike against Wolves – the most of any player for a single Premier League club.

After Kane’s four goals in four games to start the season, his future proved a topic of debate on Monday.

Bayern Munich have had tentative links with a move for the England captain following Robert Lewandowski’s departure.

Last summer, Manchester City tried and failed to sign Kane and went after Erling Haaland this year instead.

Kane’s contract runs out in 2024, but Conte insisted on Monday that he is none the wiser over whether the 29-year-old will agree new terms.

Speaking at a press conference, the Italian said: “I have to be honest with you, I don’t know. I don’t know about this situation, I don’t know the details, honestly, honestly.

“You know we are talking about an important player for Tottenham.

“And the desire of everybody into the club is [for Kane] to continue to stay with Tottenham, to sign a new contract. But if you ask me about the details, about information, I cannot answer you.”

What is clear, though, is that Kane will certainly not be leaving before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Instead, he has received more up top in the shape of former Everton striker Richarlison, who cost Spurs £60million.

Conte said of the Brazilian, whose showboating against Forest caused controversy: “I think in the past, Tottenham didn’t have a player of this level behind Harry, behind Son [Heung-min]. Now we have a really good player.”

Conte asked about Tottenham transfers

With three days to go until the summer transfer window shuts, Spurs have looked like being finished on the signings front for a while.

Seven signings down, Tottenham arranged their business early. Alongside Richarlison, fellow new arrivals Ivan Perisic, Djed Spence and Yves Bissouma all featured against Forest.

Conte said of a potential eighth addition, amid reported interest in Leeds United’s Daniel James: “I spoke with the club. I spoke with [director of football Fabio] Paratici, with [chairman] Daniel Levy.

“I said to them my opinion. But as you know very well, the most important thing is for the club to know my opinion. If we do something or not, it’s OK.”

Spurs ready for busy stretch

Having bedded in a lot of their summer signings, Spurs are in a great position heading into the busy upcoming schedule.

With Champions League and Carabao Cup football on the horizon – as well as midweek Premier League duties to fit matchdays in before the World Cup – there is no let up for Tottenham and their rivals.

But the north London club’s early business meant they have not had to scramble around for late signings.

Furthermore, those that arrived have built up crucial rhythm and match action ahead of the busy stretch.

Factor in that Spurs remain unbeaten after four Premier League games and the future looks bright for Conte’s side.